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Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Image: Glass Negative - Coin Press, Stokes & Son, Melbourne, circa 1907
Source: Museum Victoria
Thomas Stokes was born in Edgeburston, Birmingham, England, in 1831. He was apprenticed to a diesinker, and migrated to Australia in search of gold in the 1850s. He did not succeed, but returned to his trade as a diesinker and button maker. In 1856 he established a successful business at 15 Mincing Lane, Melbourne, and soon moved to larger permises at 115 Flinders Lane.
In 1857 Stokes acquired a press from W.J. Taylor and began to mint large numbers of tradesmen's tokens, some 82 varieties in all (this has more recently been contested). He also commenced the Australian Medallic Issues. Within a short time the business moved again, to 100 Collins Street. In 1873 Stokes took a partner, Martin, and the business was re-named Stokes & Martin. It added silverware to its product line, but the new direction was not well received.The business relocated to 29 Little Collins Street, where in 1893 a disastrous fire damaged a large portion of the business. Unfortunately Martin had forgotten to renew the fire insurance policy, and the partnership was dissolved as a result. Stokes rebuilt the business as Stokes & Son.
The business became a proprietary concern in 1911, re-named Stokes & Son Pty Ltd. Its medals ceased being artistically significant, although remained technically sound. It began to focus on mass-produced medals at competitive prices, rapidly produced with insufficient time to develop artistic designs.
In 1935 the business moved to Albert Street, Brunswick, and in 1962 Stokes became a public company, renamed Stokes (Australasia) Pty Ltd. By 2005, the business had relocated to Ringwood.
Carlisle, L.J. (1983). Australian Commemorative Medals and Medalets from 1788. B & C Press Pty Ltd, Sydney.
Sharples, John P. (1990). Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition, p.16.
Stokes, Tom (1974). 'A Short History of Stokes Limited.' Australian Coin Review. August, pp.15-16.
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Fob (medal) with Sunshine Harvester image, awarded to R. Mackenzie for valour. This was issued to all McKay Sunshine employees who had served in the World War I. The McKay Sunshine Ha ...Images: 2
Returned from Active Service badge made by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Australia, 1914-1919. Badges such as this one were issued to soldiers by the Department of Defence to indicate they ...Images: 2
League of Soldiers Friends Membership Badge, Australia, circa 1918. "The League of Soldiers' Friends was an Anglican organisation formed in Victoria during the early part of World War ...Images: 2
Female relative's badge from World War I, no. 146811. Under Military Order 280 of 1917 (later Military Order 1818 of 1918), badges such as this were issued by the Department of Defence ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Brooch, Pin Returned from Active Service badge no. C1267, made by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Australia, 1916-1919. Badges such as this one were issued to soldiers ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Button, Pin. Fundraising badge for the Ballarat Red Cross Fair held in 1918 to raise funds for the wartime work of the Red Cross. The fair was held in June 1918 an ...Images: 2
Round medal decorated with raised images of Melbourne landmarks and the city crest. It was produced in Melbourne by Stokes in the 1970s to commemorate the Melbourne Moomba Festival, an ...Images: 1
Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League Membership Badge issued in Australia, circa 1920. The current version of this badge, introduced in 1990, is known as the Returned & Services ...Images: 2
Anzac Day school children's medal, minted by Stokes & Sons, issued in 1918. The medal was distributed to every school child that year to commemorate Anzac Day. The Anzac forces first la ...Images: 1
Gold medal awarded to Charles James Melrose, the only Australian pilot to win a prize in the Melbourne Centenary Air Race. The Melbourne Centenary Air Race, also known as the MacRobert ...Images: 2